Mary Elizabeth Braddon


Born
in London, The United Kingdom
October 04, 1835

Died
February 04, 1915

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Mary Elizabeth Braddon was a British Victorian era popular novelist. She was an extremely prolific writer, producing some 75 novels with very inventive plots. The most famous one is her first novel, Lady Audley's Secret (1862), which won her recognition and fortune as well. The novel has been in print ever since, and has been dramatised and filmed several times.

Braddon also founded Belgravia Magazine (1866), which presented readers with serialized sensation novels, poems, travel narratives, and biographies, as well as essays on fashion, history, science. She also edited Temple Bar Magazine. Braddon's legacy is tied to the Sensation Fiction of the 1860s.

She is also the mother of novelist W.B. Maxwell.

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Lady Audley's Secret

3.75 avg rating — 17,939 ratings — published 1862 — 226 editions
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The Christmas Hirelings

3.64 avg rating — 2,624 ratings — published 1894 — 19 editions
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The Doctor's Wife

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3.76 avg rating — 1,357 ratings — published 1864 — 40 editions
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Aurora Floyd

3.77 avg rating — 1,239 ratings — published 1863 — 50 editions
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The Trail of the Serpent

3.64 avg rating — 171 ratings — published 1860 — 19 editions
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Good Lady Ducayne

3.33 avg rating — 139 ratings — published 1869 — 13 editions
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John Marchmont's Legacy

3.65 avg rating — 91 ratings — published 1863 — 28 editions
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Wyllard's Weird

3.74 avg rating — 69 ratings — published 1885 — 11 editions
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Henry Dunbar

3.72 avg rating — 115 ratings — published 1864 — 39 editions
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More books by Mary Elizabeth Braddon…
“Surely a pretty woman never looks prettier than when making tea.”
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley's Secret

“Phoebe Marks was a person who never lost her individuality. Silent and self-contained, she seemed to hold herself within herself, and take no colour from the outer world.”
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley's Secret

“Self-assertion may deceive the ignorant for a time; but when the noise dies away, we cut open the drum, and find it was emptiness that made the music.”
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Aurora Floyd

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Silas Marner by George Eliot 1861, 262 pages
 
  119 votes, 34.8%

The Red and the Black by Stendhal 1830, 608 pages
 
  71 votes, 20.8%

 
  65 votes, 19.0%

 
  56 votes, 16.4%

Idylls of the King by Alfred Tennyson 1885, 384 pages
 
  31 votes, 9.1%

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